Ekiti State Government has issued “administrative letters” to no fewer than 11 first-class conventional rulers over alleged non-cooperation with authorities and management of the state conventional Council.
The memo, entitled: “Re-Absence from State Functions and Council of Traditional Rulers’ Monthly Meetings,” was issued to the affected Obas, late on Wednesday, and given 72 hours, inside which to clarify themselves.
The letter accused the rulers of refusing to make themselves accessible at each state capabilities in addition to month-to-month conferences of the State Council of Traditional Rulers, for about eight months, since August 2019
The letter was signed on behalf of the federal government by the Permanent Secretary, Bureau of Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr A. O. Adeoye.
The three-paragraph letter, addressed individually to the Obas, reads; “It has come to the eye of Mr Governor that Your Royal Majesty has not been attending the month-to-month statutory conferences of the State Council of Traditional Rulers and state official capabilities since August 2019.
“Your conspicuous absence on the council conferences and state official capabilities, with none excuse or justification are thought of inimical to the correct administration of the chieftaincy establishment you signify.
“Therefore, Mr. Governor has directed that Your Royal Majesty should forward your representation for this inaction, through this office within 72 hours on the receipt of this letter.”
The newest authorities motion, despatched jitters to some palaces, and conventional establishments, on Thursday, over insinuations that authorities is perhaps making ready the bottom for suspension or outright deposition of the Obas.
The letter climaxed an eight-month chilly struggle between the affected Obas and the governor.
The disaster started final 12 months when the governor appointed the Alawe of Ilawe Ekiti, Oba Ajibade Alabi, as the brand new Chairman of the State Council of Traditional Rulers.
A growth which didn’t go down effectively with the affected rulers, who thought of the appointee, as junior to them and never deserving the workplace.
The group of Obas, in displaying grievances, had consequently dragged the governor to courtroom to problem the appointment, and in addition vowed to not cooperate or attend any assembly or operate the place the appointee is current or presides.
Meanwhile, Gov. Kayode Fayemi, on Thursday, stated he had no plan to dethrone any of the standard rulers, served with administrative letters.
He stated it was a mere “administrative letter”, and never a question, to clarify why that they had frequently absented themselves from state capabilities and Obas Council conferences inside 72 hours.
The Governor’s clarification was coming, apparently following palpable stress which the knowledge regarding the letter had generated in some palaces and amongst their topics.
Some of them thought the affected Obas had been already on the point of being relieved of the throne.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Yinka Oyebode, in an announcement obtained launched on Thursday additionally stated solely 11 of the Obas obtained the executive letters.
According to him, Ekiti State Bureau of Chieftaincy Affairs is accountable for the coordination, administration, and welfare of the Traditional Council and its affairs,
“The Bureau briefed the Governor, on the extended absence of some members of the State’s Traditional Council conferences at state’s operate and conventional council conferences on the native authorities stage.
” Mr. Governor directed that the Bureau ought to write the affected conventional rulers to seek out out causes for his or her absence.
“The Attorney General then wrote to the Bureau on Mr. Governor’s directives.
” Consequently, the Bureau (by a senior official), wrote to the affected conventional rulers searching for for causes for his or her extended absence at council conferences.
“The formal nature of the letter is what’s being misconstrued to be a question.
“Contrary to insinuations, that is merely an administrative matter which is neither contentious nor confrontational. It is certainly not a ploy or plans to take away any Oba from the workplace.
” As public officers, our conventional rulers act because the direct hyperlink between authorities and their domains; they’ve anticipated duties and capabilities, and as an administrative head, Mr. Governor ought to pay attention to the reason why such duties are usually not being carried out.
” It is on document that a number of the Obas had earlier written Mr Governor to present reliable causes for his or her absence which have been accepted.
” In Ekiti State, our conventional rulers are effectively revered and revered as custodians of our tradition and traditions.
“The Fayemi administration is dedicated to the welfare and safety of the cultural heritage of our folks which the Kabiyesis maintain in belief.
” Any hearsay claiming that Governor Fayemi is planning to dethrone any Oba in Ekiti State is a deliberate and malicious misrepresentation of the true state of affairs.
“It is clearly an try from opposition to create chaos and confusion between the Ekiti State Government and the great and law-abiding folks of Ekiti State.
” The Governor holds all our conventional rulers in excessive esteem and reverence as anticipated of a well-cultured individual.
“No arm of government discussed nor considered dethroning any Kabiyesi at any time because there is no basis for such,” the Governor’s assertion reads.